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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Duck Stuff: Morning Mud

Morning Mud
Two-a-days came to an end yesterday with Rob Moseley and Andy Mac providing you with their observations. Today there will be a closed practice with a scrimmage giving all the players one last chance to make their case for a starting position. Here are some samples from each reporter from yesterday.

Moseley on the morning session: When they did break off for 7-on-7, Darron Thomas got the better of Nate Costa, though Thomas may have benefited from playing with the first-team while Costa was with the twos. If you just based the quarterback decision on those 10 minutes, it would have been an easy decision. Chip Kelly, however, said he’ll go into Thursday’s scrimmage with no preconceived notion as to a leader in the battle.

Andy Mac on the morning session: Darron Thomas had a hand in a pair of nice plays during 7-on-7, firing a seed to Drew Davis down the left sideline and following that up with a great ball to David Paulson on the right sideline.

Moseley, afternoon session: This time it was Nate Costa with the first team for 7-on-7, and benefiting from the talent around him just as Darron Thomas did when the roles were reversed this morning.

Andy Mac, afternoon session: Freshman Curtis White turned in a gem with a one-handed tip to himself on a deep pass down the seam from Darron Thomas during 7-on-7. Top play 1B also came during 7-on-7, when Costa found Daryle Hawkins with a bullet that "Slash" made a nifty over the shoulder grab on.

Ken Goe says this could be the year the Ducks get defensive.

This could a breakout year for Oregon's defense.

The Ducks aren't only athletic and across-the-board good on D, they're deep.

The most impressive athlete on defense -- at least, to my eye -- is outside linebacker Boseko Lokombo, and he is on the second team.

Ken Goe also has a good story on Kenjon Barner who is more than ready to start against New Mexico a week from Saturday.

The Ducks open the season on Sept. 4 against visiting New Mexico. With LaMichael James serving a one-game suspension, Barner is expected to get the call.

Asked about the two-back sets, Barner grinned.

“Those are my favorite packages,” he said. “I think for defenses, it has to be a nightmare. LaMichael is very explosive, and I would like to think I’m explosive as well. It’s going to be hard for the defense to stop.”


1 comment:

Dave said...

You know, there's something about Kenjon that I just like. Word.